Equipedic Outer Materials
Oxygenated Energy Recovery System
Can a saddle pad improve your horse's performance? Can it increase the oxygenated blood flow levels across the horse's back? Can it help build strength and accelerate muscle recovery? Will it provide your horse with more energy without supplements? Can a saddle pad lower the body surface temperature of a horse? Can it eliminate saddle fit problems and pressure points? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES, if it is an EquiPedic® Saddle Pad!
There is no other saddle pad like it! EquiPedic, Inc. has utilized the latest in space age technology and proven existing technology to bring you the ultimate in equine comfort! A saddle pad that actually lowers the body surface temperature of your horse, increases the transcutaneous oxygen levels of your horse's back, increases energy levels, and speeds muscle recovery. All while protecting it's back!
All in an orthopedic, anti-slip, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, machine washable saddle pad! Combining phase change material, Celliant (formerly known as Holofiber), and the most advanced impact reduction material, Confor® material, with natural wool and non coated breathable 1000 denier Cordura eliminates saddle fit problems, increases oxygen, energy, muscle recovery and keeps your horse cooler when it's hot and warmer when it's cold!
A Smart Textile Engineered
To Optimize Performance
The EquiCharge™ Oxygenated Energy Recovery System for horses takes advantage of recent development of smart textiles that are engineered for performance. EquiCharge™ incorporates Celliant™ (formerly known as HoloFiber), a fiber based on rare earth elements. Celliant™ influences increased oxygen levels in body tissues. This more readily available oxygen, can result in improved metabolism, an increase in energy as well as faster recovery from exertion.
What Does It Mean For Your Horse?
The physiology of human and equine cell structure and circulatory systems are very similar. Extensive equine testing is continuing to determine additional benefits. It is expected that at least the same levels of performance found in the Celliant™ clinical study can apply to horses.
The EquiCharge™ Oxygenated Energy Recovery System with Celliant™ can increase the blood flow and transcutaneous oxygen transfer to the skin under the saddle pad. This area is typically traumatized by impaired blood flow and tissue damage. The visual manifestation is known as white spots on the withers. The EquiCharge™ Oxygenated Energy Recovery System can greatly minimize the appearance of these white spots. Increased oxygen levels to the back of the horse can also result in improved metabolism, increased blood circulation, an increase in energy and endurance, as well as faster muscle recovery from exertion and strain caused by the rider and the saddle.
Top level equestrian athletes and their riders want everything they can possibly find to help get the best performance possible. Now, with The EquiCharge™ Oxygenated Energy Recovery System, there is no extra effort and it really benefits your horse. Riders in every discipline, endurance, reining, hunter/jumper, dressage, roping, cutting, eventing and reining, will find they have an unfair competitive advantage!
Saddle fit has been a passion of mine for many years now. Horses themselves have educated me on the importance of a correctly fitted saddle. I've gone to great expense with saddles and saddle pads, with the most eye opening of all being the use of pressure mapping technology. The problem is that all horse's backs are shaped differently and change with weight gain or loss, conditioning or lack thereof. Not to mention that the back is constantly changing shape while in motion. Well, I finally feel I have found the missing link to saddle fit. And my horses' attitudes and performance have confirmed it. The Equipedic Saddle Pad is the first pad I have ever found that I actually wanted to fully represent.
What is ConforPedic™?
ConforPedic™ Conforms To Your Horse!
ConforPedic™ material becomes softer in warmer areas where your horse’s body is making the most contact with the surface and remains firmer in cooler areas where less body contact is being made.
As your horse moves, the material rises and lowers to meet your horse’s back and your saddle…eventually filling any gaps along the contour of the back of your horse and your saddle. As the material molds to your horse’s and saddle’s shape, your horse is protected from the potential rubbing of your saddle's bars as you benefit from a more comfortable ride.
How Does ConforPedic™ Protect Your Horse?
Acting like a very thick fluid, ConforPedic™ material doesn’t compress in the classic sense, it absorbs and redistributes the load. ConforPedic™, like other fluid or fluid-like materials, is also reactive to heat and pressure. It becomes significantly softer and flows more readily when the material is warmed close to body temperature than the material which remains at ambient temperature. This variable degree of viscoelastic stiffness results in the material molding to the body. Body weight is so effectively distributed over the body contact area that gross pressure is markedly reduced to therapeutic levels. Although there are obviously variances in interface pressure at different parts of the body, the pressure is distributed so evenly that there are minimal pressure spikes.
Pressure spikes can result in high pressure gradients which can be measured by using certain pressure mapping systems. It is these gradients that work like “dams” which shunt blood flow and affect tissue perfusion. The larger the gradient, the more likely there will be tissue damage over time.
A Material Unlike Any Other
ConforPedic™ impact reduction material is a breakthrough in equestrian technology that will forever change the way your horse performs. The original formula was developed in the early 1970's at NASA's Ames Research Center in an effort to relieve astronauts of the incredible g-forces experienced during lift-off. Aero Corporation spent almost a decade and millions of dollars researching and experimenting with the NASA material before discovering a way to produce a consistent and durable product. ConforPedic™ material is a high density, fluid-like viscoelastic, open-celled, breathable media. Similar to bed foams like Tempur-Pedic, but developed for military and aircraft impact reduction applications, it is unlike any other impact reduction material on the market.
The cellular structure of the ConforPedic™ impact reduction material™ is completely different. It's made up of billions of high density, viscoelastic, memory cells. The cells are spherical with windows, and the key is…they're temperature sensitive. In warm areas, they get softer and pliable. In cooler areas, they stay firm. The cells will literally shift position and reorganize to conform to your horse’s body contours.
What Is Viscoelastic?
Visco: resistant to change of shape.
Elastic: able to return to its original shape after being forced to change.
Imagine lying on a surface that knows exactly how far to let you "sink in" so that every point on the contour of your body is supported. The surface then "flows" back to its original, flat shape… much like pushing your hand into the surface of a bowl of water. The water would flow to fill every contour and crease of your hand, then return to its original shape once your hand is removed.
The most common material used in saddle pads is high resilience (HR) foam. When a load is applied, HR foam compresses. At some point, the resistance to compression exceeds the weight/force of the load being applied and the foam begins to “push back”. Since this resistance is not uniformly distributed, (the horse’s body has curves and angles) pressure spikes result.
Average Pressure Mapping you'll see from most pads out there. Actually, this one looks pretty good compared to the pads I've tested.
Pressure Mapping of an Equipedic Saddle Pad.